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Justice Dept. Clears Austin Police of Wrongdoing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has given the Austin, Tex. Police Department a clean bill of health.

KUT News reports that the Justice Department concluded after opening its probe in 2007 that the police department did not engage in a pattern or practice of force against minorities.

The probe was prompted by a complaint filed by the Austin Chapter of the NAACP and the Texas Civil Rights Project, KUT reported.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was thrilled with the results.

“Today we can say with a great deal of pride that the Austin Police Department has been given a clean bill of health and I would just ask you as community leaders to not scream out there’s a problem unless there truly is a problem because it creates challenges, it creates a lot of challenges for the entire community and is not productive,” Acevedo said during a press conference Monday, the radio station reported.

The station reported that the department did make some changes in policies as a result of the probe.

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